ADT has recently named JCCC the seventh safest educational institution in the nation. You can see the full list here:
Alisa Pacer, Emergency Preparedness Manager at JCCC, says “This ranking is a team effort of the college community, including those who attend training, those who train, those who report and those who serve to make safety and security at JCCC a priority. Our prevention motto is ‘If you see something, say something’ and we do so much to encourage this.”
While there are countless efforts that contribute to JCCC’s safety standards, the following programs and procedures are essential to ongoing success:
Keeping Our People Safe (KOPS) – Watch: An emergency preparedness program, KOPS-Watch allows students, staff, faculty and visitors to anonymously report strange or unusual behavior, including:
•Welfare alert (concern for person)
•Substance abuse or use
•Unusual or erratic behavior
•Discrimination or harassment
•Criminal activity on or near the JCCC campus
Further, the KOPS Advisory Committee is in place. This group of JCCC staff and faculty members regularly solicits feedback back from constituents and facilitates communication with the president’s cabinet to provide input for making strategic decisions about safety and security issues.
The Behavior Intervention Team (BIT): Established in 2008, the BIT reviews reports of suspicious behavior and assesses any danger or harm that may occur on campus. The team is comprised of faculty, staff and police representatives.
College Emergency Response Plan: This plan clearly details safety zones, explains how the College will alert the campus community in the event of an emergency, and much more.
ALICE Program: ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, is an armed/violent intruder response training that faculty, staff and students participate in. This curriculum was implemented in 2012, and faculty and staff members take refresher training on an ongoing basis both online and/or in person.
Police Services: JCCC also has a 24×7 Campus Police Department and Dispatch Communication Center. Pacer says, “Safety is priority number one at JCCC. Our Police Department follows the community policing model to engage the campus community to develop relationships with everyone on campus. We want students to feel comfortable to approach an officer any time they have a question or a concern. Our officers are here to serve whether it be an escort to a vehicle, a car issue, lost and found items, etc.”
Learn more about JCCC’s safety policies, visit: http://www.jccc.edu/student-resources/police-safety/index.html.